NCAA to Change Agent Definition

Up until now, if a college player hired an agent they were done playing for a member school.  The definition of an agent was clear and beyond mistake.  Now the NCAA is ready to change that definition and broaden the scope.

This change in the regulations is aimed at closing a loophole that allowed Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to keep playing despite his father’s pay-for-play attempt.   This has also been a question mark among schools and how to handle “mentors” to players.

The NCAA ruled Cecil Newton, Cam’s father, sought money from Mississippi State when Cam was being recruited out of junior college. The quarterback signed with Auburn and was deemed eligible after a one-day suspension when the NCAA’s reinstatement staff found he didn’t know about the pay-for-play scheme. He was cleared to play in the SEC and national championship game.

The Division I Amateurism Cabinet is sponsoring legislation that would include family members and other third parties who shop an athlete’s services to schools for financial gain as agents for that player.  If passed, the legislation would cover people marketing athletes to colleges for profit.

The new definition would include certified contract advisors, financial advisers, marketing representatives, brand managers or anyone employed by or associated with such individuals.

Mike Rogers, chair of the Amateurism Cabinet, said the NCAA’s current agent regulations aren’t inclusive enough and the new rules would stop “an industry of individuals” out for profit from working around the rules.

Agents are employed to work around the rules.  Sure most college players don’t hire agents but your sadly mistaken of you don’t think the family members or even the player themselves talk to agents every so often just to gauge where they are as far as going pro.  It’s a simple request and it’s a smart plan.  Except the NCAA calls it a violation.

That violation can end a player’s eligibility.  Something that has happened at schools like USC and North Carolina.  Even Ohio State has recently booted Terrelle Pryor off campus because he hired an agent.  So the NCAA is left to try and clean up all the messes.

Even though the NCAA is looking to change the rules and broaden the agent spectrum, they may not spend much time enforcing it.  The NCAA enforcement staff has said the profit for representing an athlete would have to be significant enough to warrant their attention.  So then why bother?

Obviously the NCAA is just trying to make a lot of noise and show they are doing something.  Even though they admit what they are doing isn’t significant enough to enforce.

So again, the NCAA admits they are all show and only for the money.

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